Good news for those sitting in Austin traffic: It’s not going to get any better — but, if you opt instead to ride your bike, you’ll be riding it in the third most bikeable downtown in the U.S. According to real estate site Redfin, Austin’s downtown is only less bikeable than downtown Philadelphia and Tuscon. In compiling the rankings the site looked at Bike Score and reached out to local government officials to discuss the cities’ bike cultures and initiatives.
According to the list, newcomers to Austin are looking for “every extra dollar” and accordingly “foregoing the expense of a car.” Redfin also spoke with Mayor Steve Adler about the city’s protected bike paths and biker safety. While we know firsthand that Austin isn’t the cheapest city to live in, we’re also apt to believe that the ranking has something to do with the city’s fitness culture.
Do you agree with Redfin’s assessment of Austin’s bikeability? Or is bike-life a little more difficult out there in the Austin streets?